Rich Nye was drafted by the Houston Astros in the first mlb amateur draft, but chose to remain in school at UC Berkeley, where he went on to earn a degree in Engineering. While in graduate school, he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs and he realized Engineering was not his passion.
In his first full season after signing with the Cubs, Nye went 13-10 for the '67 Cubs. Nye's future looked bright. Nye would round out the Cubs pitching rotation of Fergie Jenkins, Ken Holtzman, Bill Hands and Joe Niekro.
Unfortunately, injuries hampered Nye's progression. His career ended after the '70 season with the Montral Expos. His mlb totals are 26-31.
Fortunately, Nye decided to go back to school, only this time it was veterinary school. Since then, Nye has become one of the most successful and well-known vets in the Chicago area.